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Old 07-28-08, 11:41 AM   #1
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Commute report Day one Full

Temp-about 75 @ 9am when I left ( I love being on call)
Wind-Crap! Gust of 25 from the South, so about half of my ride in
Distance-5.8 mi
Speed-Avg 10.8
Top-24.6
Time-32.35 minutes

Arrrgghh....so today is the first day that I decided to ride all the way in, keeping the car parked. Forgoing that morning Clove was hard, as was the freaking hill right outside my door going up to 48th. I hadn't really had fun yet until I popped out of the little sidewalk/path thing that cuts from 44th to Lowell, then to Pioneers, then finally to the RI trail at 27th. Then the fun started because I realized that that S wind really sucked!

Did I say that wind sucked? From 27th on it was the same as if Id staged in. The weird part was that Im on call this week so I work from 10-430 and then 5-7 with the Cell, so I came into the office all decked out and sweaty when people were actually here. It only took me 2-3 minutes longer than had I went from Hyvee to here, and with the wind as well. Im looking forward to getting a push from it to go home, though.

The fuzzy caterpillars on the RI trail are kind of a hoot-I try really hard to avoid them, but the kamikaze bunnies are another story. Ive noticed one guy that passed me coming on the RI near the Y as I left work last week, I then passed him again, COMING at me near Tierra Park (about 3/4 on my way home) Ummm......Im still going the same direction and he hasn't passed me then turned around. Weird. I see him pretty regularly, though.

So, no more excuses about having to drive part way. Ive done it now, dammnit.
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Old 07-28-08, 11:42 AM   #2
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Good for you! As you go, you'll start to find more challenging routes to and from, just for fun, you betcha!
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This one is already different from what I normally take-a little more Highway exposure than the other way that I go. Its still a trail, but its along a major arterial so its more noisy. Still fun, though, just more exposed than Im used to.

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That South wind is enough to keep me from even attempting a lunch hour grocery/scheel's run in work clothes. Something about a long sleeve shirt, wool dress pants, bike, and 86 degrees + headwind doesn't seem appealing at all, even if for only a mile and a half .

Great work! be careful, I can see you getting addicted already .
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But it will be a nice push in the right direction home! Drink up, its going to be a sucky hot one today.....*darn metal lock on grips....*
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But it will be a nice push in the right direction home! Drink up, its going to be a sucky hot one today.....*darn metal lock on grips....*
I concur! The ride home is goona be awesome, I'm definitely looking forward to it .

Also.. yeah.. I'm drinking my 24 oz/hour of water. The only downside of the tailwind is that it doesn't really cool you down. heat index is supposed to be 102 on the trip home.. uffdah.
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We SO lucked out. It was like 89 with an index of 92ish. I added an extra mile + somewhere along the way so my im at 13 for the day. My wife has to work tomorrow so Ill probably end up driving so I can get back in time for her to get ready. There is always Wednesday...
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5.8 miles, hopefully the wind is easier on your return.

what sort of bike did you ride
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I took a longer trip back, just messing around and turned left instead of right where I would head home. I have an old Specialized Hard Rock Sport, with semi slicks on it. Seatpost rack and Topeak bag on the back.
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It was super windy yesterday morning! That was a rough day to start a longer ride--but if you did that, it'll be a lot easier on normal days!
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